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Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
Responds to COVID-19 (Updated 9/2/2020)

The University is actively managing the impact of COVID-19 on our community. UNC’s research labs and facilities remain open and operating, with appropriate limits on occupancy and other safety measures in place.

For more information on the University’s response to COVID-19 and the Roadmap for Fall 2020, please visit CarolinaTogether.unc.edu.

COVID-19 Research Participation Opportunities

  • Research for Me
    • Hosted by the NC TraCS Institute, Research for Me’s COVID-19 projects page lists study opportunities for potential participants. Those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are frontline healthcare workers, or wish to help researchers better understand the pandemic’s impact can find a meaningful ways to participate in research happening at UNC and UNC Health.
  • ReCCAP
    • The Return to Campus COVID-19 Assessment Project (ReCCAP) study for employees and trainees is not currently accepting additional participants at this time. For updates on the ReCCAP study, please visit https://reccap.web.unc.edu/.

Key Takeaways for UNC Researchers

  • The University resumed research operations in facilities and labs on campus at reduced capacity effective June 1, 2020. Guidelines are available here.
  • Research is no longer restricted to specifically approved “critical research activities” and forms for that purpose no longer need to be submitted to the OVCR.
  • The research deans of individual schools and the College of Arts & Sciences have responsibility for deciding how their units’ research operations manage occupancy limits and other measures to ensure safety.
  • Although research facilities on campus are open and operating, all research that can effectively be done remotely should continue to be conducted remotely. The OVCR’s research support offices continue to be open and operating remotely to provide full support to the research enterprise.
  • UNC researchers must follow specific guidelines while working on campus, including monitoring health and reporting onset of symptoms, wearing University-approved face masks inside facilities, maintaining six-foot physical distancing and adhering to specified sanitation and hygiene practices. Additional information regarding resuming operations on campus can be found here.
  • There are two COVID-19 trainings offered by UNC Environment, Health and Safety: COVID-19 Positive Process and Protecting the Carolina Community from COVID-19. They can both be accessed through the COVID-19: Carolina Campus Training page.
  • Unless directed otherwise, persons present and working on campus no longer need to be designated as “CDME On-Site” employees through UNC HR.
  • Human subjects research that requires participant contact should adhere to these guidelines.
  • The Division of Comparative Medicine (DCM) has maintained its care and support for research animals throughout the period of the pandemic and has provided guidance on working in animal labs and facilities. When working in animal facilities, coordinate with the DCM staff to maintain appropriate distancing and other safety procedures.
  • The Office of Human Research Ethics and the Office of Animal Care and Use are receiving and reviewing protocols normally and board meetings are proceeding on schedule.
  • The University will continue to update its prohibitions and exceptions related to University-affiliated travel in connection with protecting against the transmission of COVID-19 and consistent with UNC System and state government guidance. Policy updates can be found on the Carolina Together webpage.
  • Information on changes to University parking policies and public transit can be found at the University Transportation & Parking website.
  • NIHNSF, and DoD have released guidance permitting flexibility during the COVID-19 situation. Specifically, NIH permits salaries to continue to be charged to grants even if there is a work stoppage caused by the pandemic. NIH and other agencies permit travel costs to be charged if the travel was disrupted by COVID-19 and those costs cannot be refunded.
  • Specific questions about research operations during the outbreak should be directed to staff in the relevant research administration offices. These offices are open and continue to serve our researchers.

 

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active COVID-19 research projects at the university (UNC community only; log in with your onyen before searching.).

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As specific guidance from funding agencies is developed, this list will be updated.

COGR Resources

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

USDA – National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Department of Defense (DoD)

Department of Energy (DoE)

National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)

Office of Management and Budget (OMB)

Council on Governmental Regulations (COGR)

The Office of Human Research Ethics and Office of Clinical Trials are open and able to support researchers at UNC.

Clinical research that provides an immediate benefit for the health and well-being of a participant should continue; however, going forward, this work will be subject to guidance and direction from UNC Health. The UNC Health coronavirus websiteshould be consulted for direction regarding such research.

The COI Program is open and its staff continue to support researchers at UNC.

The individual COI Committees will meet remotely as needed and the COI Chairs continue to assess the expedited reviews. Reports or certifications to sponsors such as organizational COI or FCOI reports are continuing to be processed and submitted as needed.

COVID-19 FAQs for this office are under development based on inquires being received from the research community.

FAQs for faculty and staff on human resources issues during the COVID-19 outbreak are being provided through the UNC Office of Human Resources.